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Statement of Purpose


“Living in The Land Of Cotton” exist to assist anyone who seeks to honestly learn the facts about the “War Between the States.” Yes, some may call it the “Civil War” or “The Great Rebellion,” but it is maintained on this web site that it was Lincoln’s War on the South because he knew that without the physical resources of the South, the North would go bankrupt. It was not a Civil War nor a rebellion. The South had no desire or did they make any attempt to overthrow the United States Government. 

For the last one hundred and fifty years plus we have been taught that Lincoln’s War was to free all slaves and yet when the conflict began Lincoln is quoted as saying, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not, either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it: and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it.”

[Merwin Roe, Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865 (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1917), 194-195.]

The reason for secession: “The Southerners honestly believed in the right of secession, not merely as a revolutionary, but as a constitutional right. They not only held that whenever any people finds the government under which it is living oppressive and subversive of the ends for which it was instituted, it is both the right and the duty of that people to throw off the government and establish a new one in its stead; but they believed also that every State in the Union held the reserved right, under the constitution, to withdraw peaceably from the Union at pleasure.” 

[George Cary Eggleston, A Rebel's Recollections (New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1875), 2-3.] 

The desire from “Living in the Land of Cotton” is to give the fuller story of the South with clarity on its culture, with an emphasis on the Christian culture in the lives of many politicians, military personnel, citizens and the Great Revival that God brought to the Southern Army in Lincoln's ugly war.

My hope is that this site will be helpful to the reader and researcher.

Richard Lee Montgomery

Confederate Soldier with National Flag
Confederate Soldier with National Flag


The Battle Cry of Freedom

by George Frederick Root

"Living in the Land of Cotton" Brochure

Brochure (pdf)


General Robert Edward Lee

Confederate Capitol History

Montgomery, Alabama Confederate Capitol

Montgomery, Alabama Capitol, February 1861 until May 1861

James D. Richardson, A Compilation Of The Messages And Papers Of The Confederacy, Volume 1 (Nashville: United States Publishing Company, 1906), cover. 

Richmond, Virginia Confederate Capitol

Richmond, Virginia Capitol, May 1861 until April 1865

James D. Richardson, A Compilation Of The Messages And Papers Of The Confederacy, Volume 2 (Nashville: United States Publishing Company, 1906), cover. 

Jefferson Davis with General Robert E. Lee and his Cabinet

Jefferson Davis with General Robert E. Lee and his Cabinet

H. M. Wharton, War Songs and Poems of the Southern Confederacy (Philadelphia, 1904), 141.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis

Confederate President Jefferson Davis

Markinfield Addey, Life and Imprisonment of Jefferson Davis: Together With the Life and Military Career of Stonewall Jackson, From Authentic Sources (New York: M. Doolady Publishing, 1866), cover.  

General Robert Edward Lee

General Robert Edward Lee

James D. McCabe, Jr., Life an Campaigns of General Robert E. Lee (New York: National Publishing Company, 1866), cover.

General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

John Esten Cooke, Stonewall Jackson: A Military Biography (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1876), cover. 

Proud to be a Member: Sons of Confederate Veterans

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